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Re: YotH 2010 -- a Year of the Hurd 2010

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: YotH 2010 -- a Year of the Hurd 2010
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:04:29 +0100
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On Wednesday 12 January 2011 02:16:19 olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sun, Jan 09, 2011 at 11:37:09PM +0100, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> > Prompted by Karl Berry who is currently preparing a general GNU status
> > report, I just contributed the following text -- a Year of the Hurd
> > 2010!

Oh Yog-Sothoth, oh Yog-Sothoth, we worship you oh Yog-Sothoth… :)

I love the name: Yo[g-Sotho]th (The Lurker at the Threshold, The Key and the 
Gate, The Beyond One, Opener of the Way, The All-in-One and the One-in-All)
→ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yog-Sothoth

“Yog-Sothoth knows all and sees all. To "please" this deity could bring 
knowledge of many things. However, like most beings in the mythos, to see it 
or learn too much about it is to court disaster. Some authors state that the 
favor of the god requires a human sacrifice or eternal servitude.
He is stated as the only being truly more powerful than the all-mighty 
Azathoth, and wiser than the all-seeing Yibb-Tstll.”

But though I like the idea, I think Olaf is right with the point, that the 
Yoth is not positive enough. The sole reason I see for a report such as this 
is answering the questions

* “Why should I contribute to the Hurd *now*?” and
* “Isn’t the Hurd like Duke Nukem Forever?” – well, maybe, but isn’t that 
going to be released this year, too? ;) → 
“I waited 13 years for this game. And looks like it is worth every second” 
— TheCrisisKing

Well, ask the Opener of the Way :)

(Besides: I have more time again! *happy*)

So I thought about the question what should be in the text in the first place. 
The path to that was easy: Just read the titles of all moth last year. 

- Arch Hurd (in just ... months! First a liveCD, then Hamp and a full desktop 
(emacs ;) ), now graphical!)
- GSoC 2010: 
    - dde linux26 (device drivers!)
    - d-i and native install (replaced manual releases by … Philip Charles)
    - fixing
- Translators (one of the main features) (procfs, tarfs, gopherfs, netio)
- Xen DomU (easy to test for some people)
- Hurd in the Media (jepp, we're visible again!)
- Thesis on mobile hurd objects (this is a promise of someone else :) )

Then I wrote a bit of an intro: 

If we are to believe the press release, Duke Nukem Forever will be released in 
2011. The Hurd has often been dubbed the Duke Nukem Forever of kernels, does 
that mean that we promise you a release this year? We don’t want you to wait 
for us or trust us for a someday, and you’ve seen enough promises, so we won’t 
make a promise. 

Instead we urge you to just check [the code] and [run the hurd]. Then, if you 
see promising stuff yourself, please help us make it better. 2010 was a year of 
much progress, and here and now, we can celebrate it!


I can flesh this out a bit more later, if you like it (reusing most parts of 
your text). 

Best wishes, 

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